Arts in the Park made its debut in City Park in 1995, but after two years the organizers felt that Heritage Park, downtown on the waterfront, was a better venue, and it has been there ever since. Twenty years later, Arts in the Park is still a continuous presence in Belfast.

Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors and locals alike are invited to stroll down Main Street to the harbor to find 80 artists and artisans, continuous live music and a fine array of food offerings — all with the best view around. Artist of the Year Ron Cowan and his son, Ryan, will have their beautiful hand-carved Garden Muses in their usual spot looking out to the bay.

The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will kick off the show Saturday morning, followed by the Aurora Jazz Project from noon to 2 p.m. and the Leaky Boot Jug Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday morning, Dave & Fran Plus will be under the tent from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by local band People of Earth from noon to 2 p.m. and, bringing the show to a close, the Down East Brass from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event is organized by Friends of Belfast Parks as a fundraiser for the city’s parks. Over the years, many improvements have been made thanks to funds raised, and will include the creation of Belfast’s Dog Park. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or